hinese President Xi Jinping met with former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger on November 2 in Beijing, sending a positive signal on the development of the Sino-US relationship when the US is about to change its administration.
Now serving as a chairman of Sino-US “Track II Diplomacy,” a general term that denotes communications and contacts through non-governmental and unofficial channels, Kissinger has kept a close eye on the Sino-US relationship since 1971 when he made a secret visit to China and helped establish Sino-US diplomatic relations. In 2015 alone, Kissinger reportedly met with Xi three times.
In the latest meeting, Xi emphasized the establishment of “a new pattern of relationship” between the two countries which focuses on respecting each other and dealing with disputes constructively. Kissinger expressed his support for Xi’s idea and claimed that he is willing to play an active role in promoting the bilateral relationship.
Given US President-elect Donald Trump’s recent unfriendly moves and remarks targeting China, Chinese analysts believed that Kissinger will help Chinese leaders better understand the new US president and ease their worries about future uncertainties.